Following an outbreak of H5N1 at a Bernard Matthews Poultry Farm in southern England this week, 160,000 birds were slaughtered. The reason for the outbreak remains a mystery.
At least, it does to this writer.
According to British Ministry of Agriculture veterinarians, the cause of the outbreak has been pinpointed to infected meat imported from Hungary.
Is anyone else asking how infected meat imported from Hungary led to the discovery of H5N1 flu virus in turkeys at a farm in southern England?
According to the British government’s chief scientist, Professor Sir David King, “the H5N1 virus could be picked up by other birds or animals if they came into contact with infected meat.”
So, was Bernard Matthews, the multi-national company that owned the infected farm, feeding infected turkey meat to the turkeys it was rearing?
It seems no-one is prepared to address that question.
The government’s chief scientist, and the BBC, would rather waffle on about the safety of properly cooked meat and how to ensure any infected turkey that arrives at your oven is properly roasted to ensure the virus has no opportunity to make you victim number “God knows how many”!
Do they think we are totally naive?
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